Shimane Aquarium, Aquas

Basic data

Facility summary and accessibility conditions

It's the largest aquarium in the Chūgoku and Shikoku areas.
It features about 10,000 fishes and other animals covering about 400 species.
The belugas’ performance is famous throughout Japan.
There are many things worthy of note, such as a penguins section and a sharks tank.
The aisles inside are wide and wheelchair users can observe unhurriedly.
Audio guide and wheelchair lending are available at the reception.
They also have pamphlets in foreign languages: English, Russian, Chinese, and Korean at the reception.

Address 1117-2 Kushiro-chō, Hamada, Shimane
Telephone 0855-28-3900
Fax 0855-28-3610
Reception hours 9:00 - 17:00 (last admission: 1 hour before closing) *July 20 - August 31: 9:00 - 18:00
Regular holidays

Every Tuesday (if a national holiday, then the following day) *Golden Week, summer vacation, and New Year holidays: Open all days. (Differ every year. For more information, please contact them.)

Transportation, closest station, bus stop

From the JR Sanin Main Line, Hashi Station, 1 km(0.6mi).
Walking down the Aquas Road about 10 minutes.
Hashi Station is a stop station for the limited express train on the JR Sanin Main Line.

Bumps at the entrance


Entrance width 180cm(70.9in)
Accessible bathroom Yes
Bathroom entrance width
Accessible parking space

Yes (10)

Wheelchair loaning


Multilingual information Partially available
Display items with multilingual explanation Partially available
Multilingual pamphlets Available
Staff fluent in foreign languages

Not available

Wifi connection Yes (Some areas)
Audio (English) guidance


Accesible data

Photo Comment
View of the accessible parking space and Aquas Accessible parking space at Aquas (10 lots) and outlook.
Main entrance View of the main entrance: Braille blocks are set up to the reception.
Reception View of the reception.
Audio guide system and wheelchair lending are available.
Audio guide system You can hear explanation about the aquarium and the animals on display from an audio guide system (in Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Korean, and English).
The rent is 200 yen, but free for visually impaired people and foreigners.
Wheelchairs and baby carriages for lending Wheelchairs and baby carriages for lending
Inside of the building and the tanks View of the inside of the building and the tanks
Fish reliefs on the wall of the 3rd floor Fish reliefs on the wall of the 3rd floor.
You can feel the sizes and shapes of various fishes by touching.
Braille explanation available.
Touching fish reliefs Fish reliefs
Watching the penguins from outside View of the penguins section
From underneath, watching penguins View of the penguins section
Penguins swimming on a solid glass From underneath, it’s possible to watch scenes of the penguins swimming.
Touch pool View of the pool where you can touch starfishes, sea urchins, seashells and other items
Inside of the multipurpose bathroom View of the inside of the multipurpose bathroom.
Several are installed in the facility.
Tactile graphics in the bathroom Tactile graphics indicating the layout of the bathroom are installed near the entrance.
Inside of the elevator View of the elevator in the facility.
Audio announcement and Braille notation available.
Multilingual pamphlets Pamphlets in English, Russian, Chinese, and Korean are available at the reception.